Backcountry Food Storage
Black bears, javelinas, skunks, rodents and other animals may explore your campsite looking for food scraps. Do your part to properly store food, water, and edible items from animals whether backpacking in the Chisos Mountains or camping at a primitive roadside campsite.
Store edible items in bear proof lockers provided at campsites, including:
Keep a clean camp. Cook away from your sleeping area. Dispose of cooking water in camper sinks in the Chisos Basin campground or well away from camp in the backcountry. Strain water to insure food scraps aren't dumped on the ground.
Don't leave edible items in your pack or take them into your tent at night. Don't eat in your tent.
Break down your tent when not in use. Wildlife can be curious or attracted by food smells and may explore your tent. Consider leaving backpacks open at night, too.
Don't leave edible items unattended. Carry everything with you or store items in bear proof lockers and, at roadside campsites, in a hard-sided vehicle (with the windows rolled up).Pack out all trash, including food scraps and grease. Don't leave food or trash in the storage locker.
Did You Know?
Near the north entrance to Big Bend National Park, Dog Canyon cuts through the Santiago Mountains. Although the real source of the canyon's name is unknown, it was called "Cañon del Perro" by the Spaniards in the late 1700s and early 1800s. More...